7 realistic free agents the Kansas City Chiefs could sign in 2024

There are pipe dreams and measured takes. Let's tilt toward the latter and look at this year's free agent market.

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Charlie Heck, Swing Tackle

In this scenario, the Chiefs have decided they feel comfortable going with Wanya Morris opposite Jawaan Taylor as their primary left tackle for a full season in front of Patrick Mahomes.

Charlie Heck is the son of Chiefs offensive coordinator Andy Heck, but it was the Houston Texans who grabbed him in the NFL Draft four years ago in the fourth round after starring at North Carolina. Over the last four seasons, Heck has made his father proud by earning 21 starts and playing in 41 for an ascending Texans team.

Last year, Heck was out with a lower-body injury for most of the year but came back for the final handful of games of the regular season and locked down the right tackle role down the stretch. The 27-year-old is now available on the open market and could return to Houston to occupy the same swing tackle role, but he could be a nice import for Kansas City if the Chiefs want to roll with Morris full time.

The more likely scenario here is the return of Donovan Smith or another veteran who could anchor the left side if needed to push Morris in preseason competition. That said, if the Chiefs are confident in Morris or want to save some money, they could go with Morris and Taylor as bookends and let Heck and Prince Tega Wanogho battle it out for the spots behind them.